Tuesday, May 24th 2011

Omar Chavez Wrapping Up Training with Freddie Roach

Omar “The Businessman” Chavez, the youngest boxing son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez, will be in action this Saturday night in Mexicali, Mexico, in the main event of the boxing series “Top Rank Live.” He’ll take on Genaro Tranzancos in a 10 round welterweight bout that will be televised live from the “Palenque Fex” by Fox Deportes in the United States and by TV Azteca in Mexico.

Chavez (25-0-1, 18 KOs), of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, has been training the past six weeks with his older brother, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California in preparation for the fight.

“I am very grateful to Freddie Roach and everyone at the Wildcard for allowing me to train there, said the younger Chavez, “and for all the help they have given me. It has been a very hard camp, but I have enjoyed it very much.”

Omar has been running and training alongside of his brother, who will fight for the world championship on June 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I have been doing everything just like my brother, and have been fortunate enough to get some advice from Freddie during my sparring. I have seen how serious everyone is here when they are working and I am picking some good habits here,” said Omar.

He will travel to Mexicali tomorrow after his regular workout.

“I got to spar a few rounds with Julio, and it was very intense in there,” said Omar. “I know he wants me to do well, and I want to win the championship on June 4. It’s the first time we sparred against each other in over year, and it was a good session,” said Omar.

After the sparring session, Roach seemed pleased with both brothers, and told Omar to come back right after the fight to keep helping his brother.

Said Omar: “No time off for me. After Saturday I come right back and start a new camp. I want to stay busy and want to show everyone that I am very serious about boxing and that I want to do something special in the sport.”

During his visit last week, Chavez Sr. had a good conversation with Freddie about both of his sons.

“My father wants both of us to do well, but he knows that our success will depend on how hard we work in the gym during our training,” said Omar. “It’s about getting the conditioning and the right sparring to be successful in the ring, and my father has always preached that to both of us.”

This will be Omar’s first 10 round fight, and his first main event.

“I know that the fans in Mexicali are very knowledgeable, and they want to see a good fight. I will do my best to give them a great fight this Saturday night,” concluded the son of the legend.

His father will be at ringside, but his brother will stay back in Los Angeles, to rest and do some promotional work for his upcoming fight in Los Angeles.